This is an urgent call for your participation. As we enter a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment cycle, it is important to highlight the relevance of mountain research and expertise in the context of climate change as input for these assessments. The IPCC Plenary has approved 3 Special Reports to be prepared by the scientific community in the lead-up to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) (, which are:
  • Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5)
  • Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)
  • Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL)

The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme has opened applications for the second round of its Young Scientists Programme.

The overall aim of the programme is to develop a community of excellent young professionals that can provide support for policy-making decisions related to Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Please see the website for more information on the scheme and how to apply:

Applications must be received by June 30 2017

The IRDR programme is co-sponsored by the ISSC.

Call for papers: Exploring the links between water, food, energy, and mountain ecosystems

The connections between food, water, and energy constitute a complex system that interacts with mountain ecosystems and factors of change. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that assess experiences of negotiating synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, and food; that analyze the dynamic interplay between these interconnected services and mountain ecosystems; or that offer agendas for future research or policy aiming at increasing the equitability and sustainability of trade-offs and synergies in mountain areas. Abstracts are due by 24 April 2017, full papers by 1 August 2017.

Read the detailed call for papers:

The MRD Editorial Team, MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The United Nations website states as follows:

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Authors of original papers, or conference papers that have been significantly extended or otherwise enhanced in comparison to the original conference paper, for the special issue should be submitted through the ISPRS Journal web site ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’. The papers will go through a 2 stage review process, commencing with a 750 word abstract. Following acceptance of abstracts soon after submission, as appropriate for the Special Issue, full papers can be submitted for the normal Journal peer review process before publication. The planned timeline for processing paper is as follows:
(Please send the abstract of your proposed paper to the guest editor's email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)
Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts: 13 May 2017
Deadline for submission of papers: 30 July 2017
Completion of review process: 31 January 2018

This issue offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility, and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind. This broad and often integrative thematic coverage, calling upon a number of disciplines, is relevant in the context of the recently adopted UN resolution 71/234 on “Sustainable Mountain Development”. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia.

The issue is available online and open access:

Read about the journal’s section policies, guidelines, and submission procedure at:

The MRD Editorial Team
MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment
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2-7 July, Brest, Brittany, France

5-19 July 2017, Ornea / Pieve Tesino, Italy

Virtual Symposium, 21-22 March 2017

Planting trees seems like sensible choice when it comes to mitigating climate change, but crucial aspects of the relationships between trees and climate have so far been overlooked in climate research, the new review Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world concludes. The authors suggest that the global conversation on trees, forests and climate needs to be turned on its head: the direct effects of trees on the climate via rainfall and cooling may be more important than the well-studied effects through the global carbon balance. Yet, current climate policy tends to focus on carbon.

Therefore, on the occasion of the International Day of Forests (21 March) and World Water Day (22 March), the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is hosting a virtual symposium on the linkages of forests, water and climate. For more information please read their blog.


21 March: 8am GMT – 11am GMT* Presentations and initial questions
22 March: 8am GMT – 11am GMT Discussion Forum (e.g. on policy implications)


* Places where physical meetings are planned to which you are invited.

Indonesia: 15:00-18:00 (WIB); Kenya: 11:00-14:00; W Europe: 9:00-12:00; UK: 8:00-11:00;
Americas: late night or very early morning depending on your timezone.

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